London [UK], April. 1 : Former number one Tiger Woods will not be able to compete in next week's Masters failing to recover from his latest back injury.
"Unfortunately, I won't be competing in this year's Masters. I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didn't allow me the time to get tournament ready.
I'm especially upset because it's a special anniversary for me that's filled with a lot of great memories.
I can't believe it's been 20 years since I won my first green jacket," Woods said in a statement. The former world number one also insisted that he has no timetable for his return. "I have no timetable for my return, but I will continue my diligent effort to recover, and want to get back out there as soon as possible." He, however, said that he would be there at the Champions Dinner and would look forward to see a lot of old friends.
"Augusta National has been a very important place to me and my family for over 20 years, and while I'm disappointed, it will be good to be back there Tuesday." Woods, who had also missed last month's Arnold Palmer Invitational for the fourth straight year, has not played competitively since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic at the start of February due to back spasms.